Recently I discovered that it is possible to do text to speech on the iPhone. In Settings/General/Accessibility there is an option to turn on “Speak Section.” Now whenever a bit of text is highlighted anywhere on the iPhone you can make the computer read it out loud.
This is particularly useful when it comes to reading through an RSS news feed. Every morning on the way to work, I quickly skim through the hundred or so RSS stories that have accumulated. When an interesting story comes up I highlight it and have the phone read to me. And while it is reading I can go through and continue scanning for the next interesting article to read. Even with the text to speech reading speed turned up to 7/10 I can reliably scan headlines while absorbing enough of the spoken text to be useful.
Using text to speech has significantly increased my ability to consume more information faster.